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Cost and Aid for Pre-College Program Summer 2023

Applications for Summer 2024 open on December 1.

In 2023, the total fee for a Harvard Pre-College Program session was $5,300. The program fee includes tuition, room and meal plan, and activity costs for the full two weeks.

The breakdown of costs and additional fees is outlined below.

In addition, we award a limited number of scholarships to eligible students on the basis of financial need. Visit our Payment Options page for information on the forms of payment accepted. 

  • Application fee (nonrefundable): $75
  • Full program fee: $5,300

Financial Aid

A limited number of scholarships are available to assist students who demonstrate financial need. Awards vary based on need, and a typical award covers a portion of the tuition. If needed, we encourage you to seek other sources of funding as well.

To be eligible as a student, you must be either:

  • A US citizen or permanent resident.
  • OR granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status.
  • You must complete the application and other requirements on time.

About the Award

Pre-College Program financial aid is a scholarship award. It is not a loan and does not have to be paid back. Awards typically cover only a portion of the program cost, not its entirety. Families should expect to contribute to the remaining portion of the program cost as well as other expenses like travel, books, etc.

Award amounts are determined by many variables, including family finances and availability of funds. Not all financial aid applicants may be eligible for or receive a scholarship. Harvard Summer School staff cannot predict how much aid a student may be offered.

Applicants are not guaranteed a financial aid award even if they have received aid from Harvard Summer School in previous terms.  Students must apply for financial aid every year. Eligibility is based on current financial status and funds available from Harvard Summer School.


Due to the sensitive nature of the financial aid application process we regret we are unable to provide phone support for Harvard Pre-College Financial Aid. 

If you have questions about the Harvard Pre-College Program financial aid application process, please email

Please DO NOT SEND tax returns and other confidential or sensitive information via email. Email is not secure.  If you have any questions regarding the financial aid process, please email the  Pre-College financial aid office directly.